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I DON’T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE (2017): For The Well Drawn & Acted Character Peculiarities

I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore (2017), Melanie Lynsky
I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore (2017), Melanie Lynsky

Starring Melanie Lynsky, Elijah Wood, and Devon Graye, I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore is a movie about Ruth, a depressed woman and her pursuit (with help from her neighbour) of the degenerate criminals responsible for burglarising her house.

An interesting mix of comedy, thrills and drama. It’s the peculiar eccentricities and general weirdness of most of the characters that kept me watching. Especially as it became abundantly clear that Ruth and her obnoxious neighbour are dangerously out of their depth.

The comedy in I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore is mostly the kind that made me smile or chuckle a little, instead of the kind that might threaten to split my sides. There were points where I found myself thinking, ‘Really, woman? Where’s your instinct for self preservation? Where?!’ But then I remembered that Ruth is quite frustrated, depressed, off her medication and absolutely unbalanced in a very believable way – thanks to a good performance by Lynsky. Written and directed by Macon Blair, this is a movie you watch to see something a little different.

As well as causing me to hide behind my fingers a few times, Macon’s movie had me thinking about how scary it can be when you’re new to living alone. I also found myself understanding and empathising with Ruth’s frustrations. However, compared to her, my general sense of self preservation is, how do I say… stratospheric.

The parts I enjoyed most are the first and last third of the movie. Besides Lynsky and Wood, my other favourite performance came courtesy of Christine Woods who plays what looks like the highly medicated stepmother of the degenerate son.

Good movies that came to mind as I watched I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore include The Voices (2014) and The Lobster (2015), mainly because of the darkness but also the humour. Watch it for the realistic humour and character eccentricities.

Taylor Tunes, Jane Levy, Chris Doubek, Marilyn Faith Hickey, Gary Anthony Williams and also star.

Happy Film Loving

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THE INTERVENTION (2016): The Things I Liked…

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Starring  Cobie Smulders, Melanie Lynskey, Jason Ritter and Natasha Lyonne, The Intervention is  a good reminder for why having a professional moderator at family interventions is often a great idea.

The realistic way the movie captures family and sibling dynamics is a highlight. Another would be the funny scenes featuring Melanie Lynskey’s character, the ones where she made me laugh when comedy was far from her character’s intention – in a good way.

By the end of The Intervention, I did unfortunately fall out of love with the story, thanks to the seemingly rushed and forced way everything was concluded. Before then though, I had a reasonably good time.

Besides the film’s reliable cast as a reason for watching, Writer /actor and director Clea DuVall’s movie interested me because interventions intrigue me. I wanted to see how things would pan out for the characters. There are definitely no current plans for an intervention in the near future on my side. Perhaps tune in if you have such plans. Or just  watch it for the knowledge and the cast which also includes,  Alia Shawkat and Vincent Piazza.

Happy Film Loving

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